Join us for some primary blues education and more silly movie stuff this week on Time for the Blues (8/26/12) as Henry and I will play nothing but "Classic" blues by the most legendary names! It's a great way to start being a blues fan!
Classics. That’s a word that’s never been used to describe either Henry Cook or me. We’ve been called a lot of things in the past, but that’s not one of ‘em. But every so often we get requests from newcomers to the blues to offer up a show made up entirely of the classics of blues.
That’s impossible to do in just one show, but we’re going to give it the old college try.
See, Henry and I think a lot about classics. What makes something a classic to one person, or even a group of people, and makes the same thing seem like junk to the rest of the world? See, ever since that hoity-toity film magazine Sight and Sound issued its latest list of the 10 Greatest Films and ”Citizen Kane” was dethroned by Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” we’ve been in a little funk. (Decide for yourself, you can see the entire Top Ten list here:Sound and Sight poll.)
Anyone who has ever listened to Time for the Blues more than once (and I know that’s a big stretch for most of you) knows that Henry and I love movies. But we’ve got sort of a skewed view of the art form. We are both drawn to the outcasts and misfits. If you are ever lucky enough to visit Henry’s office, you’ll notice his posters for “Navy vs The Night Monsters” and at least two Elvis movies. Neither of which were included on this recent poll.
My office? That’s actually the dining room table and Mrs. Professor won’t let me hang up my original reproduction Ed Wood posters for “Glen Or Glenda” and “Plan 9 From Outer Space” anywhere where company might see them.
But Blues classics, we’ve got those all over the joint this week. We’ve got Howlin’ Wolf himself teaming up with Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood and a couple of Rolling Stones from the classic London sessions. We’ll hear John Lee Hooker working with Johnny Winter from '91. How about Big Mama Thonrnton joining the Muddy Waters Blues Band from 1966? And it just gets better with the late great Stevie Ray Vaughan recorded live for that amazing PBS show Austin City Limits. You’ll hear more about that on a later show.
Could we have a classics show without Ray Charles? Nope, so he’s here as well as a young B.B. King and Elmore James from his Fire Records Sessions. Want more? How about four of the greatest harpists that ever lived and their connections to one another? We’ve got that as well.
We’ll even play some recent classics by John Hammond, The Legendary Blues Band and Koko Taylor. It’s a primer of the best of the best and it’s coming your way this week! So be sure you get a nap, wash your jammies and stay up late with us! Time for the Blues with John Porter and Henry Cook airs Sundays at 1:00 AM on WCVE Public Radio.
Got a favorite bad movie? Feel free to share it with us and it could be subject for discussion (or a bad joke) on a future show!